The Student Experience at the Academy

Small Student-Teacher Ratio

Academy for Five Element Acupuncture is dedicated to upholding a high standard of education, and part of that is a commitment to smaller class sizes. Smaller class sizes allow for more individualized attention for each student and close mentorship throughout their education.

Nature Study

A major emphasis in Five Element Acupuncture is connection to natural cycles. The Academy encourages connection with nature through field trips, journaling, and class projects for students.

Inner Development

Experiential coursework that focuses on developing students’ perceptions of touch, smell, hearing and seeing, and using those senses as diagnostic tools.  Cultivating the Heart, the intuition and the senses of the practitioner are seen as an equal part of the analytical treatment process.

What our Students Say

An acupuncture intern preparing an injection

“As a student of the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture, my experience of how to be a healer was beyond surpassed. Not only do they teach and show you how to provide for others, they open our own eyes to take the best care of ourselves. The instructors have provided an unending amount of support both during and after clinic. This program has provided the most excellent role models to aspire towards, as well as a life-long mentors.”

– Ryan Callahan, Class 38

Acupuncture intern needling patient

“My time at the Academy was challenging and enlightening. My growth was uncomfortable at times, as change can be… and I wouldn’t change it for the world. Those experiences have molded who I am as a practitioner. Gainesville is a magical place where nature and the city intermingle. My family and I fell in love with both the school and Gainesville during our time here.”

– Mari Steinke, Class 37

Acupuncture student in classroom

“My experience at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture was life changing. As an older student, I have studied at many institutions, none of which compare to the caliber and heart I felt at Academy for Five Element Acupuncture. From the dedication of the faculty and staff to the expert teaching and mentorship of the supervisors, everyone and everything is focused on providing the best training to develop prepared and inspired Five Element Practitioners.”

– David Kruse, Class 38

Acupuncture intern needling patient

“My time at the Academy for Five Element Acupuncture was journey of self-discover, blending Chinese medicine with the beauty of nature. Beyond textbooks, it granted me invaluable insights, deepening my grasp of health and healing.”

– Thomas Gersh, Class 38

student acupuncture intern inserting needle in clinic

“The staff at the Academy is incredibly supportive and encouraging and makes everything seem achievable. They aren’t trying to weed people out here, they want you to succeed. The small class sizes really make you feel like you’re a part of something, with enough spaciousness to make it your own. You’re encouraged to recognize everyone’s individual gifts and role, including your own, which can be really transformative. This isn’t just an education; it’s a lifestyle, a practice, a worldview. When you show up for something like this expect to be changed.”

– Heather Conners, Class 38

Jason Macko, Class 37

“The Academy gives you the ability to collaborate with other students and mentors who are deeply committed to the healing process on a campus that feels like its own world while being just steps away from the downtown Gainesville community.”

– Jason Macko, Class of 37